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University of Nottingham Awards Honorary Professorship to Boots Pharmacy Senior Manager, Tracey Thornley

09 September 2015
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Dr Tracey Thornley PhD, Senior Manager for Contract Framework and Outcomes, Boots UK, has been awarded an Honorary Professorship by the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham.

The award recognises her close links with the University, built up over many years through working on research around the development of new pharmacy services. The professorship will run for three years and started on 1 August 2015. Professor Thornley received her doctorate from the University in 2006 for her research on “Factors Affecting Service Delivery in Community Pharmacy”.

Her recent work has included the publication of a paper, co-authored by Professor Claire Anderson of the Nottingham School of Pharmacy, on the uptake of flu vaccinations by Boots pharmacy customers. This paper has been accessed over 6,000 times and has helped to inform local and national decisions across the UK to commission winter flu vaccination services from community pharmacies. Professor Thornley was instrumental in designing the study and overseeing the data collected by Boots pharmacy teams while delivering the service.

Professor Thornley, says: “I am honoured and proud to have received this special award. It is vital that we demonstrate the value that pharmacy is providing to patients and the NHS. This helps raise the profile of pharmacy with decision makers. I look forward to continuing to work with the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham.”

Professor Anderson says: “I am delighted that the University has given Tracey an honorary professorship. This is in recognition of all the joint research that we have done together over the years. We need to continue to provide evidence for the value of community pharmacy services. I look forward to continuing to work with Tracey.” 




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Professor Tracey Thornley PhD MRPharmS FFRPS

Tracey is Senior Manager Contract Frameworks and Outcomes for Boots UK. Her role involves supporting pharmacy contract frameworks, delivering outcomes and evidence of pharmacy services to support the future role of the pharmacist, and managing the research governance processes within Boots. She was recently awarded Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham.  

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Boots UK (, the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, is part of the Retail Pharmacy International Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.  With 2,511* stores in the UK, Boots UK is committed to providing exceptional customer and patient care, be the first choice for pharmacy and healthcare and offer innovative 'only at Boots' exclusive products such as the UK’s leading skincare brand No7, all delivered with the great value customers love. Created over 165 years ago, the Boots brand is still at the heart of the communities it serves.

*As at 31 May 2015 excluding equity method investments


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and around 1,900 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

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